Law and Order (1953)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  13 May 1953 (USA)
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Frame Johnson already cleaned up Tombstone and hopes to settle down near Cottonwood. But a marshal's work is never done...



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Complete credited cast:
Frame Johnson
Kurt Durling
Luther 'Lute' Johnson
Ruth Hampton ...
Maria Durling
Jimmy Johnson
Barry Kelley ...
Sheriff Fin Elder
Chubby Johnson ...
Denver Cahoon
Frank Durling
Wally Cassell ...
The Durango Kid
Richard Garrick ...
Judge Williams


Having cleaned up Tombstone, marshal Frame Johnson quits after an attempted lynching, and hopes to settle down on a ranch near Cottonwood with his sweetheart Jeannie. Before he can do so, it looks like he may have to clean up Cottonwood too. But how great a sacrifice will he make for law and order? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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From Dodge City to Tombstone...His Guns Were The Only Law! See more »




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Release Date:

13 May 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frame Johnson mentions wanting to live to be an old man. With the exception of Wally Cassell, who lived to age 103, Ronald Reagan lived to an older age (93) than the rest of the male actors. See more »


Jeannie: [to Frame Johnson] You're big and you're ugly and you're stupid, and I happen to be in love with you.
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Referenced in The Canyons (2013) See more »

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Solid action western with good performances.
24 January 2006 | by (California - Film Capitol of the World) – See all my reviews

Too many critics sneer at Ronald Reagan's career in films. THey obviously didn't see this film. Law and Order is a solid western made in the era when westerns were made well. The script is tight, with plenty of action, but not weighted down with too much gratuitous violence that marks most of Eastwood's films. Reagan's performance as Frame Johnson is natural and believable. His skill in the saddle is displayed several times. He comes across tough and determined, yet has scruples. THe supporting cast boasts such veterans as Russell Johnson (who appears in many sci-fi films of the fifties) and Preston Foster and Dorothy Malone. Nathan Juran directed many films and television programs and was good at maximizing the low budget that Universal gave him for this effort. Another good western starring Reagan is Last Outpost (1951). Law and Order is definitely worth seeing - If Reagan had made more films of this caliber, he might not have gone into politics.

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